A forest fire devastates California. During the early hours of this Sunday, the fire has spread, burning thousands of hectares and forcing evacuations, while millions of Americans suffer from heat scorching which breaks records and is expected to intensify.
More than 2,000 firefighters, supported by 17 helicopters, are deployed against the fire, baptized as the Oak Fire, which was declared on Friday in California, near the Yosemite National Park, the California Forest Protection Service (CAL FIRE) reported.
The flames are about 48 kilometers away. meters from the national park, which a few weeks ago was affected by another fire that threatened its millennial sequoias, some of them with ages of up to 2,000 years and heights of almost 80 meters. “It has gone from bad to worse,” says the Twitter account of the interactive map of the county.
In just two days since it was declared, the fire has already destroyed more than 6,300 hectares. areas. The authorities have assured that the fire is progressing completely out of control due to the heat and the low humidity, which “difficult” the extinction work. “The extreme consequences of the drought have reached a critical level of combustibility,” reported the CAL FIRE department.
Deemed “explosive” by authorities, the fire leaves vehicles and houses destroyed in its wake, while personnel Emergency responders are working to evacuate residents and protect buildings threatened by the advancing flame. Ten properties have already been destroyed, five damaged, and thousands are in danger.
More than 6,000 people,most of them residents of small counties have been evacuated, according to statements by the spokesman for the California fire department, quoted by the Los Angeles Times.
“It was scary when we left because ash was falling on us … it felt like it was on top of our house and coming our way very fast,” said Lynda Reynolds-Brown, one of the women. evacuees, to the local news station KCRA. “We started packing up our things, and that's when I went back up the hill and looked and said, 'Oh my God.' He was coming fast,” her husband Aubrey has said. Brown to the same medium. For his part, Hector Vasquez, a CAL FIRE official, told AFP that personnel from various departments throughout the state were arriving to help control this fire. The situation is “really complex,” he added.
The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, declared: state of emergency in Mariposa County on Saturday due to “conditions of extreme danger to the safety of persons and property.”
< h3>Gore attacks “inaction”
The evidence of global warmingit could be seen in other parts of the country, as 85 million Americans in more than a dozen states received an extreme heat warning over the weekend.
The crisis led to He called on former Vice President Al Gore, a tireless defender of the fight against climate change, to issue severe warnings on Sunday about the “inaction” of US legislators. Gore was adamant when asked if, as promised, PresidentJoe Biden should declare aclimate emergency. “Mother Nature has already declared a global emergency,” he said on 'ABC News'. And “quickly it's going to get much worse,” he warned. in another interview with 'NBC'.
Gore also indicated that the recent crises, including the deadly heat waves in EuropeThey should draw the attention of members of Congress, who have so far refused to take action on climate change. “I think these extreme events, which are getting worse and more severe, are starting to change opinion,” he said.
The center and the northeastern United States are the regions most affected by extreme temperatures . “Scorching heat will continue in the mid-Atlantic and northeast tonight before a depression over Canada descends on the region tomorrow to moderate temperatures somewhat,” the Service said on Sunday. National Meteorological. But temperature drops are not expected in all regions. Temperatures greater than 37º Celsius may be recorded in the next few days in parts of eastern Kansas and Oklahoma, southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.
Not even the Northwest, off the Pacific and usually cooler, it will escape. He added that temperatures are forecast to “climb steadily over the next few days, leading to possible new records,” he added. the weather service.
Numerous cities were forced to open refrigeration stations and increase protection for at-risk communities, such as the homeless and those without access to air conditioning. Northeastern cities such as Boston, Philadelphia and Washington have activated the emergency heat alert.